The rape of a schoolgirl in Ilesa (Guardian Editorial)

This is Osun State Politics:

THE recent report of the abduction and rape of a young schoolgirl by suspected thugs of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ilesa, Osun State, conveys the extent of barbarism and criminality that characterises partisan politics in our land. The young girl was reportedly ravaged by a gang of party thugs. The act is condemnable. Weeks after the incident, it is scandalous that nothing has been done to bring the assailants to book.

The victim, Miss Tosin Ajakaye, a senior secondary school student, apparently a relation of a supporter of the Action Congress (AC), was allegedly abducted and raped in the course of her ordeal because she refused to give false evidence against an opponent of the incumbent PDP government in the state. The girl and other members of the AC in Ilesa were abducted and allegedly taken to the house of a certain PDP chieftain where they were severely tortured and brutalised.

According to Miss Ajakaye who narrated her horrible ordeal to the police on her sickbed at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where she was being treated, a member of the PDP in Ilesa forcefully entered her residence located in the Isokun area and gagged her. The man subsequently subjected her to torture and rape. She said she could neither resist nor shout because the rapist completely overpowered her.

After debasing her, he blew a whistle and his accomplices emerged from their hideout around the residence and quickly bundled her into a waiting vehicle outside the house. She was then taken to the residence of a PDP chieftain where she met three other AC members who were said to have been tied to the stakes!

 There and then she was stripped naked and her pubic hairs forcefully shaved and forced down her throat. She said that the psychopaths made jest of her and poured dry gin into her private part. When she attempted to shout, they were infuriated and decided to poke her private part with sticks and broken bottle while laughing her to scorn. She said she was released the following day.

There is no doubt that the act as narrated by the victim is odious, shocking and horrifying. It amounts to pathological sadism for supposed human beings to conduct themselves in such savage manner. Certainly, the girl has been traumatised for life and only a methodically administered psychological counseling process would help her recover from the trauma.

When the incident occurred, the State police command quickly swung into action to apprehend the culprits. The police have also declared five other suspects now on the run wanted. We call on the police to spread its dragnet to apprehend all the fleeing rapists. The so-called PDP chieftain in whose house the act was perpetrated should also be arrested and tried.

A situation where party stalwarts run a private police and cells in their homes where their opponents are tortured is detestable. The practice makes nonsense of the principle of democracy and the rule of law. The police should pay extra attention to the activities of party stalwarts and take decisive steps to curtail their excesses.

It is scandalous that PDP supporters are being accused of perpetrating the nefarious act. The PDP supporters in Osun State are apparently taking the laws into their own hands. But this is not really politics; it is madness. The political conflict in Osun State has clearly become dangerous. Life has become brutish in the face of intolerance and bitterness. People are afraid to hold contrary political opinion.

Since the April general elections, Osun State has been turned into a theatre of brigandage. Lives have been lost and property worth millions of naira destroyed. Killing, assassinations and arson have become the order of the day. The situation is unending and is getting out of hand.

The various political parties should call their members to order. The state will not develop in the face of unending political feud. The destruction in the state so far should prick the conscience of all the players so that peace can be given a chance.

 Culled from the Guardian Editorial on Saturday October 27 2007. 

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9 thoughts on “The rape of a schoolgirl in Ilesa (Guardian Editorial)

  1. I think Bola’s comments are a bit wrong ended, how could you be asking for the forgiveness of the evil people before you have considered the essential succour for the victim herself.

    Those people deserve no forgiveness if they do those acts with impunity, the young lady however, needs all the prayer, help and assistance to be able to come through her ordeal.

    Beyond which she might already be stigmatised for having been misused in that manner, our prejudices in Nigeria might bar her from getting a decent man later in life.

    Meanwhile, Ade, I am in Solna near Stockholm for one night only tomorrow, you can contact me on akin at chello dot nl if you are about and available.

  2. This is barbarism of the highest order how can people descend so low,all in the name of politics.Unfortunately the police will never get the culprit since they are on the payrol of the Osun government,this is sad for democracy something should quickly be done by the federal govt to arrest this ugly situation especially in osun state;

  3. wonders shall never end in my country NIGERIA
    the greatnes of other countries is based on good product & reserve. but that of my country is based oncoruptions, evil, with defrent faceses WHAT A SHAME.
    for this wicked act to take place in party member
    house, who is supose to be a living exampel to others as a member of a renovating party for that i think he should be use as a public scape GOAT but who is that moses, when we he come
    to lead the nigerians to the promise land so as to enable our children enjoy beautiful future atlist what SHAM to my goverment COS NO ONE IS FREE THERE.from head of state to the lowest security officer,face the fact doctors, nourses,lawers even the judges.if the law is been violated by the law makers what do you expect of thier subject like this thugs that raped
    MISS, TOSIN AJAKAYE.
    MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON US ALL.
    WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS LAWS WHEN THERE IS NO CHANGES INTHE SYSTEM

  4. Oyinlola is our greatest mistake in osun state, is in ilesha now it can be else where tomorow, we remember the Iree student killings, well we are waiting for the outcome of the tribunal because Aregbesola is our governor elect.
    obokun local govt

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